Our Chardonnay is made from 100% grapes from Casanel Vineyards. Fermented in Stainless steel, with 34% reserved for blending back in. 66% aged sur lie for 1 month in French Burgundy barrels. No Malo-lactic fermentation. Flavors of tropical pineapple, tart citrus, and delicate pastry.
Our Chardonnay is made from 100% grapes from Casanel Vineyards. After hand-harvesting and
sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently transported in small lugs and were stored for one
night in a cold room. The day after, the grapes were sorted again on a sorting table before pressing.
Cold-settling occurred for one night, followed by alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank.
Toward the middle of the fermentation, 32% of the juice was sent to French Burgundy barrels to
finish the fermentation, while the final 68% remained in stainless steel tank. After a few weeks of “sur lie” aging (aging on the lees while in oak barrel) and a gentle “bâtonnage” (lees stirring), the wine was racked off the lees and sent back into oak barrels to continue the aging process. In July, we proceeded to protein stabilization and cold stabilization before hand-bottling on the Estate, which occurred in August
TASTING & PAIRING NOTES
citrus – lemon custard – lime - pineapple - vanilla - bread - pastry - long – rich – nice balance between acidity from the fruit and creaminess from the aging in barrels
Rich dishes – dishes with creamy sauces – lean protein – pizza, flatbread – versatile with cheese, goes well with bloomy rind cheese
Vintage Year: 2019
Vineyard: 100% Casanel Vineyard – 100% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg
Composition: 100% Chardonnay Clone: 76 & 95 (Cert) RS: 101-14 & 3309
Average Vine Age: 11 & 12 years
Harvest Date: 08/30/19
Bottling Date: 08/12/2020
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Residual Sugar: < 0.03 g/l in glucose-fructose
Aging: 32% French oak (68% stainless steel
New Oak: 50% (50% in new barrel & 50% in once-used French oak)
Aging Time: 11 months
Cases produced: 128 cases
Cellaring: Enjoy it now to 2024 - (medium-full body wine)